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In-house: In the fourth part of this series looking at the work of Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation aiming to increase diversity in the legal profession, Jonathon Tranter, vice-president and legal counsel in the operations, technology and commercial
legal team at Barclays, talks about what inspired him to become an ambassador and what he hopes he can give back to future lawyers.
What is your background?I am a lawyer within the operations, technology and commercial legal team at Barclays and have been with the bank for five years. There are around twenty lawyers in my team in the UK, but globally we have members
in New York, South Africa and Singapore. We provide support to all areas of the bank on commercial contracts, outsourcing agreements and technology deals - everything from the sponsorship of the Barclays Premier League through to the operation of
the cafes within Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf.The wider legal team at Barclays has over 1,000 lawyers globally. It is like a law firm in itself as we have specialist teams covering litigation, employment and competition, as well as lawyers that
specifically work for the different business units within Barclays (such as Barclaycard). Before joining Barclays I was a commercial lawyer at DLA Piper in Sheffield.
Why did you sign up to be a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors?
I wanted to be able to provide advice and guidance to students aspiring to be lawyers. I also wanted to give support and answer questions to help them avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that I made in the early stages of my legal career (including the horrible
training contract applications). Giving back to help the next generation of lawyers is something I support and get involved in a lot through my role at Barc
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Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community. She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.
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